August 28, 2013
On this edition of UVa Today Bob Beard talks with Dr. Mark DeBoer about his study on sugary drinks and the impact they can have on young children.
Dr. DeBoer's study found that by the age of 5, children who regularly drank sugar-sweetened drinks were 40 percent more likely to be obese.
Nationally, over 30 percent of children are over-weight or obese.
Dr. DeBoer encourages parents to be more actively involved in choosing what their children drink, as well as other healthy habits.
He points out that obesity at a young age can lead to greater health problems: A greater risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.